Exclusive Preview: Paul Pope Descends into Inky Noir Nightlife in Carver: A Paris Story

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Exclusive Preview: Paul Pope Descends into Inky Noir Nightlife in <i>Carver: A Paris Story</i>

Chris Hunt’s Carver: A Paris Story feels like a hidden pop culture treasure published in the ‘30s and lost to time, overflowing with influences and flavors defined by European cartoonist royalty like Hugo Pratt. Merging the icy expatriate masculinity of Ernest Hemingway with the drive-thru exploitation of a Charles Bronson flick, the first issue—out this week—follows the titular antihero as he returns to The City of Light to search for a woman of an undivulged relationship. The waft of ancient cigarette smoke and stained scotch practically seeps through the pages as Francis Carver dives into a predatory underbelly overflowing with violence and elaborate monologues.

Battling Boy and Heavy Liquid mastermind Paul Pope lends a backup story and variant cover to this exciting Euro foray, which makes so much sense on so many different levels for an artist who’s served as an ambassador for both Euro and Manga styles. Paste has an exclusive look at Pope’s inky contribution and variant cover. The first issue of Carver: A Paris Story comes out this week courtesy Z2 Comics.

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Carver: A Paris Story Variant Cover by Paul Pope

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Carver: A Paris Story Interior Art by Paul Pope

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Carver: A Paris Story Interior Art by Paul Pope

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Carver: A Paris Story Interior Art by Paul Pope

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